Show Low, Arizona

My mother-in-law passed away a few years ago.  She was cremated and wanted her ashes spread out west where she had lived.  About a month ago, my wife ,Patti, my son, Mikey, and I made a long road trip to Arizona.  First stop, Flagstaff Arizona where we went to the Lowell Observatory.  I can see why large telescopes are placed on high mountains. They seem to have more stars.  It was here that Pluto was discovered. Continue reading

Sowbug Roundup 2016

The Sowbug Roundup  2016 was a great success.  It is held each year in the spring in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  The programs are put on by the North Arkansas Fly Fishers and is held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds.  This year there were about 135 fly tiers demonstrating fly tying over a 3 day period. It was an opportunity to see old friends and to make new ones.

Sowbug Roundup

Sowbug Roundup

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Soda Butte Creek

Soda Butte Creek is the third largest tributary to the Lamar River and a popular destination of fisherman. It gets its name from a large, mound like extinct geyser that still belches hydrogen sulfide gas. The Northeast entrance highway follows along the creek for most of its way to the Lamar River. There are two types of water. One is small stream pocket water and the other is the slow to moderate meadow stream type of water. We had planned to fish the Lamar River but rain the night before made the Lamar River unfishable. As one guide put it, “It’s so muddy you can walk across it.” We thought we would continue up to the first meadow of the Soda Butte. A lot of other fishermen had the same idea. Not to be deterred, we drove up to the Trout Lake parking spot and crossed the road. After a short hike, we were standing beside the pocket water of the Soda Butte.

soda butte pocket

Soda Butte Creek Pocket Water

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